There is something quite mesmerizing about a white church in rural areas (die platteland). When I was young girl these small white churches always fascinated me. It always looked so peaceful and in some kind of odd way very humble. Therefore, I used soft colours to great a peaceful atmosphere. The church is also standing on its own and it symbolises the humbleness that I have always felt when I drove by a similar looking church. I also imagined the people attending church in the rural areas to be kind hearted and gentle. At first I wanted to add people attending a sermon, but I wanted the viewer to write their own story when they look at the painting. I want the viewer to ask questions such as: “where is this church”, “who attends the sermons that is held in this church?” or “Is this church deserted?” I want the viewer to use their imagination and complete the story about the church in their own minds and making the painting theirs.
When you look closely, you will see that I have layered multiple oil paint on the canvas. Using a pallet knife I’ve created a thick looking texture and the illusion that the paint on the walls of the church is peeling off and creates a rough and coarse look. There is also a constant use of complementary colours that gives the painting an uplifting feeling even though the colours are very subtle and creates the peaceful atmosphere. The rest of the painting consists of thick and evident brushwork that makes the painting exciting to look at.